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How To Do A Colorado Business Name Search

How To Do A Colorado Business Name Search

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How To Do A Colorado Business Name Search

If you are forming an LLC or a corporation in Colorado, the first thing you need to do is a business name search. Like all other states, Colorado requires each LLC or corporation registered in the state to have a unique business name. You can do a Colorado business name search on the Colorado Secretary of State website to see if the business name you want to use is available.

Related: Guide to starting a business in Colorado

Step 1: Visit the Colorado Entity Name Database

Visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

Step 2: Search for a Business Name

Enter the name you would like to use in the “Corporation Search” section of the site.  In this example, we will do a Colorado LLC name search by looking up “Sew What.” After entering the company name, click “Search.”  It is recommended to search by “Contains,” “Begins With,” and “Exact Match” to search your name thoroughly.

How To Do A Colorado Business Name Search

Step 3: Review Results

We get a response that the name is available to use.

Colorado Business Entity Name Search

Even though we get a response that says the name is available, it is a good idea to click on “search the business database”.  If there is another name that is similar, the Secretary of State may not approve your name choice. This name has several similar names and there are some that are concerning.  Looking at the “Status” column, we can often rule out those that say “Expired”, “Voluntarily Dissolved” or “Delinquent”.  We do want to look closer at ones if they have “Effective” or “Good Standing”.Seeing so many results that are close, it’s questionable but possible that that name is available.  In this instance, it would be best to verify with the Secretary of State for confirmation before filing.

Colorado Business Search Results

We could do a business name availability search for “Sew What Clothing” and get the message that the name is not available. This name is definitely off-limits to be registered.

Colorado LLC Name Search

Colorado Business Name Search FAQs

How do I find the business name of a Colorado sole proprietorship?

A Colorado sole proprietorship or general partnership can use the small business owner(s) full first and last name as the business name, but many will want to operate under a specific business name. Similar to corporations or LLCs, Colorado Trade Name registrations can be searched on the Colorado Department of State Division of Corporations website.

How do I form an LLC in Colorado?

Before starting your business and forming an LLC, be sure to do the business entity search first to make sure the name is available to use. Once you know the LLC name is available, read our step-by-step guide to learn how to form a Colorado LLC.

While not required in Colorado, an LLC operating agreement, which contains the rules for how the LLC operates, is a document worth considering, especially for multi-member LLCs.

After forming a Limited Liability Company, be sure to register for any Colorado business licenses and possibly obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to ensure the business is legal to operate.

What are the naming guidelines for a Colorado LLC?

In addition to being unique, the LLC’s name must include a special designator such as Limited Liability Company, LLC, L.L.C., etc., and it may not use restricted words such as bank or insurance unless the entity is licensed to operate as such.

Can a Colorado LLC name be reserved?

If you have a name in mind, but you aren’t ready to officially form your LLC, you can reserve the name for up to 120 days by filing a Statement of Reservation o​f Name form​​ with the Colorado Secretary of State.

How To Do A Colorado Business Name Search

How To Do A Colorado Business Name Search

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